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WE LIVE AND DIE IN THE CONGREGATION THAT HAS ACCEPTED OUR COMMITMENT

Bishop Arbaud of Gap was not happy about men from his diocese joining the Oblates and believed that he still had the power to dispense them from their vows if they had become Oblates and he wanted them back in … Continue reading

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I WILL FAITHFULLY KEEP MY VOWS WHILE TRYING TO CONFORM MY EXTERIOR CONDUCT TO WHAT THE BISHOP PRESCRIBES IN ORDER NOT TO DISTURB THE PUBLIC ORDER.

As Eugene reflects on the conflict with the surrounding bishops regarding the status of the Oblates in their dioceses, it becomes the opportunity for him to clarify his thoughts of the meaning of their vows. Firstly he points out that … Continue reading

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WE CAN ONLY BE DESTROYED IF WE ALLOW IT AND THAT WE WILL NEVER DO

It was far more important, however, to straighten out matters with Bishop de Bausset since the latter had planned to take more extreme measures. On October 22, 1823, the archbishop’s interview with Father Courtès, who had been delegated by the … Continue reading

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HOW MANY RELIGIOUS BODIES HAVE BEGUN BY THUS ENGAGING THEMSELVES BEFORE THE FORMAL APPROBATION OF THE CHURCH!

The Archbishop of Aix, who changed his mind nearly as often as he changed his clothes, also decided to draw profit from the situation. Leflon gives us the picture: Forever changing with the tide and poorly disposed toward Father de … Continue reading

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A COMMITMENT MADE TO GOD CANNOT BE LIGHTLY DISSOLVED

When the question of Deblieu and Maunier’s departure from the community came up, Eugene insisted that they had taken vows as Missionaries and could not walk away from this commitment to God. The advisers (doctors of Church law) of the … Continue reading

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A FATHER’S CONCERN

Eugene’s joyful pride in the generosity of the young students and novices is tempered by the dreadful apostasy of the wretch who could not be brought back to his duty by the example of conduct as edifying as yours Yvon … Continue reading

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THE IDENTITY OF THE MAZENODIAN FAMILY: HAVING THE SAME ATTITUDE AS JESUS

Continuing his presentation of the vocation of the Missionary, Eugene reflected on how to maintain the spirit of the apostolic model in everyday life: So he ought to do everything to arrive at this desirable holiness which is to produce … Continue reading

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AN UNFORGETTABLE DAY: A CELEBRATION OF GROWTH

In our chronological journey through the writings of Saint Eugene, we had reached the 1st of November 1818, the day that the Missionaries of Provence made vows in accordance with their new Rule of Life. Then for several weeks, we … Continue reading

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VOWS: PROMPTED LIKE THE FIRST CHRISTIANS TO SHARE EVERYTHING

The model of how to “BE” was that of Jesus and the apostles, which then evolved into the first Christian community. Regarding the spirit of poverty he wrote: The first Christians followed that counsel faithfully to the letter. They still … Continue reading

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VOWS: YOUR ATTITUDE SHOULD BE THE SAME AS THAT OF CHRIST JESUS

Eugene’s model for living the spirit of poverty was what he learnt from the first Christians: The first Christians followed that counsel faithfully to the letter. They still had fresh before them the example of their divine Master.  It was … Continue reading

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